Moving on, and trying to shed ‘victim’ label
Teen testifying in D.C. for stricter hate crime laws after brutal attack
— reported by the Houston Chronicle
In a case that drew national attention, Ritcheson, a Mexican-American, was severely assaulted last April 23 by two youths while partying in Spring. One of the attackers, a skinhead named David Tuck, yelled ethnic slurs and kicked a pipe up his rectum, severely damaging his internal organs and leaving Ritcheson in the hospital for three months and eight days — almost all of it in critical care.
Today, Ritcheson will be in Washington, D.C., to testify before a congressional committee about why he feels federal hate crime laws need to be expanded. As much as he doesn’t want to be a “poster child,” Ritcheson is convinced he can do some good.
Now 18, Ritcheson said he doesn’t remember anything about the attack — not the punches, not the kicks to the head, not the 17 cigarette burns that still scar his body, not the bleach poured on his face and body and not the assault with a pipe taken from a patio umbrella.